We’re right in the flight path of thousands of Canada Geese.
Which means they often land on our field in the spring and in the fall.
If it’s snow geese in the spring, we’re happy, because our fall hunting tag is valid for spring hunting of snow geese.
In the fall, we don’t care what lands, Canadas, snows…they’re both good eating.
One side effect of the geese arriving though, is sleep deprived horses.
Unless you’ve lived next to a hoard of honkers, you have no idea how loud they are.
And, at all hours.
This ^^^ is the face of a pissed off at the geese honking 24/7 horse.
She’s actually lying in the straw pile (from February’s bale explosion) trying to nap.
But those geese…they never stop honking.
Today we’re dealing with a snow storm.
I was a wee bit worried about my chicks, outside in the brooder.
But they have 2 heat lamps, a whole lot of feed and clean water.
They’re bopping around in there just fine.
We did lose 2 of them earlier this week.
It happens sometimes.
1 was really small, the other was normal sized, but it died under the heat lamp.
Either it was crushed in a pileup or it just wasn’t a healthy chick.
So far though, the other 43 are doing amazing!
Next run of the incubators is coming up…hopefully this weekend I’ll hear from the woman with the hatching eggs I wanted.
And then, it’s collect eggs from my birds and go.
There’s 2 hens and a drake there.
They’re young yet, being a Sept. 2019 hatch.
But, in the next month or two, the hens will start to lay and hopefully the drake will get to work doing what drakes do best.
He’s got a total of 6 hens to service and I’m hoping her does that.
I want these girls to give me ducklings…many, many ducklings.
How do you know it’s Spring at Midnight Calico Farm?
Because all the feral/stray/other farm cats show up here looking for a meal.
Appeared in the garage a while ago…
Maybe a month?
They’re always really sketchy when they first arrive.
Then they learn that food arrives twice daily up at the house.
If you miss those meals, you have to hunt.
He’s been here long enough to know about meals.
He’s been here long enough to know about drinking from the horse trough.
So now the plan is to try and trap him and get him in for neutering.
As always, boys are welcome to stay so long as they’re not hormonal assholes who beat up the other cats.
So far, it seems he’s young enough that the raging hormones haven’t taken over.
Plus it helps that all my girls are fixed too.
Oh and his name?
Because he absolutely looks like the wonderful stuffed tiger from my favorite comic strip ever, Calvin and Hobbes.
From getting the feed ready for chickens this morning, I don’t think I’ve sat very long at all.
But we have fresh hamburger buns for supper, a chocolate angel food cake for dessert, homemade mayo for next week’s lunches, plus homemade coleslaw and dressing…
Then all the clean up to go with that.
And homemade cream cheese made from last week’s left over milk.
And I’m prepping the pots for pepper seeds.
Then moving things around for the incubators.
Yup, got my 80 eggs ready to set, so gotta get that going too.
At the end of it all will be a nice glass of green tomato wine waiting for me.
Aaaaannnd, I have to get that bottled too. 🤦♀️
That’s what I get for complaining that I’m having to wait too long to get stuff going.
After a week of frustration (trying not to be frustrated) of no new news on the tracking for my incubator, a friend mentioned to check with our local post office…because the courier doesn’t ship outside of the big city, but hands parcels off to Canada Post.
My incubator is sitting at our local post office.
So, Monday I get to go pick it up.
And then, March 1st, I set my first round of eggs…
There will be so many chicks!
15 chirp chirps
Like this ^^^ but so many more.
I’m looking forward to it.
53 days until Spring.
Another month before we fire up the incubator. Still just the one…haven’t managed to get the $$$ together to order the 2nd yet.
I keep spending the egg money on things that come up…
Like new blankets for all before Yule.
Groceries when Hubby found a spanky deal on some veggies/fruits.
Feed, now that the layers are gearing up and laying more…they need more than just the barley chop and wheat so we’re mixing in layer feed now too…
But, I can still run batches of 24 eggs at a time.
And I’m waiting for some money to come in at the end of the month, so the next incubator should be ordered and arrive in time for hatching season’s start.
I’m looking out the window at our unseasonably, but oh so appreciated, -8*c.
Normally we’d be at least 10 degrees colder.
Of course, I’m also dreaming wistfully of the garden.
Unseasonably warm weather will do that to a Farm gal. 😉
We’ll start seeds soon though…right around the time we fire up the incubator.
So much life to start in just a few months!!
One of the best parts of this weather is how much less The Merry Mares are eating.
Hay consumption has slowed down, and for that I’m grateful.
They did decide to dig out the last bit of the first oat straw bale and have a bit more fun with it…
Astrid buried her head way down in there, looking for left over grain bits.
She was awful peeved that I called her ’til she lifted her head out…Sable dove into the spot she had been and probably found the tasty bits she was digging around for.
And Ruby wore her straw beard whilst trying to have a nap…apparently I was annoying her again by taking pictures.
Too bad for her.
Only 66 days ’til Spring!
I just keep counting the days down, because before we know it, it’s gonna be spring and the world here on the Farm is gonna get busy, busy, busy!
The hurry-up-and-wait every year is a bit mind boggling…but it’s also a huge part of Farm life.
Well, life in general, right?
I’m already looking at dates to start collecting eggs for firing up the incubator.
I’m squirreling the money away to build an inexpensive hoop greenhouse to extend our tomato season.
I’m watching for the absolute right time to start those peppers and tomatoes in the house.
At the same time, I’m watching the weather for cold snaps.
I’m watching my hay stack dwindle as the Merry Mares eat to stay warm (and fat and healthy).
I’m waiting for just the right moment to give them the next (and last) oat straw bale to destroy, eat and sleep in…though they still have a pretty good amount of the first one, so I’m not frantic there.
And, I’m waiting to bottle the summer started green tomato wine, the grapefruit wine and the apple wine…and start another batch of something…banana maybe? Or another green tomato? Or maybe a hard blueberry lemonade?
It’s only 66 to days to Spring.
Somebody said I needed peppermint cookies! I’d like to know where those are and when they’ll be delivered to me? And it had better not be Spring!